By our correspondent in Taraba
Motorists and passengers can now go to bed with their two eyes tenaciously closed as the Department of Petroleum Resources ((DPR) has promised to work tirelessly round the clock to ensure adequate supply of petrol during and after the yuletide .
The Operation Controller, Jalingo field office, Jeremiah Mashat, of the DPR who made this known in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba state while clamping down on erring filling stations, urged the people not to panic as the department, according to him has mapped out plans to ensure the availability of the product during the yuletide.
The operation which led to the sealing of no fewer than seven filing stations in the northern zone of the State following their inability to adhered to the operational regulations, he said would be a continue exercise.
While some were sealed for selling above the federal government official approved pump price of N145 per litre “, other according to him were sealed for offences ranging from renovating without permission, to unkept environment.
The exercise which was carried out in collaboration with the Oil and Gas Unit of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also led to the commendation of some marketers whom the leadership of both teams agreed that their meters were in good conditions and safety measures were sufficiently put in place.
Insisting that the erring marketers will be properly sanctioned in order to serve as deterrent to others, he urged operators to imbibe best practices so as to ensure that customers get value for their money and are not shortchanged.
Answering questions from media practitioners, he said “For two days now, we have visited a number of fuel stations especially in the northern zone of the state. We sealed a total of seven stations for various infractions that will be sanctioned appropriately” stating that “But I must say that the level of compliance is quite commendable. I will put it at ninety percent and it is a great improvement from our last outing.
” Let me use this opportunity urge operators to imbibe the best practices to avoid having issues. It is unfortunate that some operators desert their stations once they see our vehicles coming. This is a serious offence and is completely needless”.
He assured the people that their is no need for panic as their is enough supply of the produce to take care of the extra demand for the Yuletide season.
Also answering questions from the media, the team leader of the NSCDC oil and gas unit, Salisu Bappa who described the operation as a huge success, assured that the unit would continue to collaborate with the department in ensuring sanity in the oil and gas sector and to ensure that operators do not indulge in sharp practices aimed at shortchanging the consumers.
Pleased by the development, motorists who bared their minds to our corresponded applauded the efforts of the federal government for deeming it fit to ensure the presence of the department in the state to checkmate the activities of the marketers.
According to one of the drivers who gave his name as Usman Bitrius ” I believe that their (DPR) presence in our state now, would go a long way to save us from the hands of the owners of most of the filling stations here because the pump price here are different from other states in the country. So o must confused to you that my colleagues and I that have being drive from one state to another are glad with this development.